Week 3: Training to give it a "Tri"
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I am so sore from the boxing class yesterday. Muscles I didn’t even know I had are in serious pain. I can barely breathe without being in pain. I’m back at the ski hill today, and I end up having to teach a couple snowboard lessons because we are so short staffed. It definitely hurts a lot to be snowboarding and picking kids up. After the first two hour lesson, I put my skis on for a bit. I take three runs, and my legs are burning, which I am surprised about. But then, it’s time to wrap up lessons.
I take the rest of the day off because I am still in pain from yesterday. My whole upper body is killing me.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I try my hand at another spinning class today. It’s much better now that I have bike shorts, but these spinning classes are so hard. I’m having a lot of difficulty during the portions where we have to pedal while standing up. My legs burn after just a few seconds. It’s so hard. I feel really out of shape, especially when people twice my age don’t seem to be having any trouble. I feel like I’m doing better, but it’s still a really long way to go. I always feel discouraged after these classes because I feel so out of shape. After class, I talk with the instructor. She says I’m losing feeling in my toes because of how I’m pedaling and because I am using running shoes. She says I need a shoe with a harder bottom. So hopefully now that I’ve gotten a few pointers, maybe next the next spin class will be easier. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I work a day shift today because I’m doing a charity ski race tonight with several people from work. I get to the ski hill about an hour before the race, and ski for a solid hour. I’m surprised that my legs are burning like crazy. The ski conditions are very tough because there’s heavy snow with a freezing raise crust on top, making it difficult and a real workout to turn. I get a great workout. I am definitely feeling quite out of shape after my day of skiing.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Another spinning class today. Spinning is still so extremely difficult, but I feel like I’m making a lot of progress. I’m able to pedal standing up for much longer, and I’m able to push harder. Even though spinning is still the longest hour of my life, I’m feeling much better and much more positive about the whole thing. The people in the class are really nice and encouraging, which really helps the training. I try out some of the new techniques I learned at the last class. It’s difficult to get out of habits you’ve been doing your entire life. It’s very tough to concentrate not only on pushing down, but also pulling up on the pedals. Unless you’ve done bike racing before, it’s not really something that’s very easily picked up. It takes a lot of focus and concentration to remind you to do it. But I’m still feeling much better about my workouts and my decision to do Iron Girl.
Friday, February 04, 2011
My bike arrives today! I’m so excited. Jim says he will put it together while I am at work, but unfortunately, the directions are terrible and he doesn’t have the right tools.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
My good friends from home come up, and we go skiing all day. The skiing is a lot of fun and much better and easier conditions than Wednesday. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t cooperate and turns into freezing rain and then an absolute downpour, so we end up leaving early.
After dinner, Kristin, my engineering friend, Jim and I work to put together my bike. The directions really are terrible, but finally, after an hour and a half, we get the bike together properly. We still need to tighten the bikes and put on the reflectors, but that’s an easy job. Yay! I have a road bike! I can’t wait to get out and ride it. But with the tons and tons of snow we keep getting, it could be June before I get out on the road with my new bike.